Learning from success or learning from failure?

Learning from success or learning from failure?

By Rajesh Setty on Thu 13 Oct 2005, 6:34 PM – Leave Comment

Today was fun. I had lunch with one of the board members at CIGNEXYakov Soloveychik

(unfortunately Yakov still does not have a blog yet) and we were

talking about learning from success and failure. Yakov had an

interesting observation. Here is the gist.

A lot of learning happens from failure. While you can learn from

someone else’s success, it is not that effective as it is very hard to

duplicate someone else’s success. The circumstances are different, the

skill sets will be different, the posture is different – basically

there are too many variables that will prevent you from copying someone

else’s success.

However, failure is different. Once you know how a person failed,

chances are that you can learn from that experience and avoid making

that mistake.

So, what’s the summary:

Please don’t invest all your time

trying to learn how somebody succeeded. It’s important but it’s not

everything. Learn from someone’s past mistakes. What went wrong and how

you can avoid making those mistakes.


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